Where to Eat in North Charleston: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

North Charleston is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina, with incorporated areas in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. On June 12, 1972, the city of North Charleston was incorporated and was rated as the ninth-largest city in South Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, North Charleston had a population of 97,471, growing to an estimated population of 108,304 in 2015, and with a current area of more than 76.6 square miles (198.5 km). As defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, for use by the U.S. Census Bureau and other U.S. Government agencies for statistical purposes only, North Charleston is included within the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston urban area. North Charleston is one of the state's major industrial centers and is the state's top city in gross retail sales.
Things to do in North Charleston

1. Nigel's Good Food

3760 Ashley Phosphate Rd, Just Kidding, North Charleston, SC 29418-8560 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch 843-552-0079
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 449 reviews

Nigel's Good Food

Reviewed By Whereisvictoday - Rome, Italy

I have been there with my family. Food was average. Table was sticky and the toilette terrible! Service by the way was excellent

2. Sesame Burgers & Beer

4726 Spruill Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405-4725 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 843-554-4903
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 385 reviews

Sesame Burgers & Beer

Hormone free custom burgers with vast array of options for toppings as well as free range chicken and Turkey burgers. Also, offering vegan house made veggie burgers, salads, craft beer and full bar. Perfect for entire family. 3 locations in Charleston area.

Reviewed By mscarol81 - Charleston, South Carolina

I took my mother and sister here for lunch. The wait staff was confusing because a variety of people came to our table, left before taking all three drink orders, and then came back. My mother ordered the burger, and the cook got the order right. My Cuban sandwich was delicious. I had the country "lemonade" with vodka. It was so smooooth. My mother had hot tea which she loves. My sister just wanted a glass of white wine. It was served in a juice glass. The restaurant doesn't offer stemmed glasses. My sister was disappointed because every time she picked up the glass, the warmth of her hands dropped the temperature of the glass a bit, so the white wine warmed up too soon. Maybe red wine in a juice glass would be okay but not white. My mother and I still enjoyed our lunches though. There was plenty for y mother and me for our leftovers. Check out was quick.

3. Evo Pizza

1075 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405-4825 Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 843-225-1796
Excellent
68%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 377 reviews

Evo Pizza

EVO (Extra Virgin Oven) Pizzeria is the wood-fired dream of Matt McIntosh and Ricky Hacker. Matt and Ricky met while working in the illustrious kitchen at FIG in downtown Charleston in 2003. The pair spent the better part of a year forming the concept for a wood-fired pizza shop that would focus on local ingredients. In 2005 they flew the coop to start EVO. The first incarnation was a mobile wood-fired pizza oven - in other words, a fancy trailer - that they used for catering. Turns out, people really like fancy trailer pizza. It became apparent that the concept was ready for a brick & mortar restaurant, and they found a perfect home on East Montague Avenue in North Charleston, part of the up-and-coming Park Circle area. In 2007, EVO Pizzeria fired up its ovens for the public, and hasn't stopped since. We come to work at EVO every day to bring fun, delicious food and drink to our community. We source locally and regionally because we're proud to be here. We cook with love because we love to cook. And who doesn't love pizza?

Reviewed By Iheartcolorado

Stopped in on a Friday night and got seated right away. I ordered a salad, which came out at the same time the pizza did. :/ the salad was really good...lots of fresh veggies on it. We ordered the classic pepperoni pizza. It was pretty good, but nothing special. I did like the wood fired crust. My husband had the margarita pizza, which was much better than mine. Overall, a nice place, but nothing super out of the ordinary.

4. Big Billys Burger Joint

5070 International Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29418-6006 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 843-747-4949
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Big Billys Burger Joint

Big Billy's Burger Joint is a locally owned and operated restaurant committed to providing fresh ingredients, great service and delicious food.

Reviewed By Labpyra - Charleston, SC

We ate here as part of a large group. Our server was attentive and pleasant. The fried pickles were good and hot and not greasy. I personally did not like the dipping sauce-it was too sweet for my taste.

The fries were piping hot and decadent if you dipped them in the house made garlic mayonnaise. I ordered my burger medium, which the menu listed as a warm red center but it was barely pink, basically well done. It was still juicy so I was okay with that but had it been dry I would have sent it back. The bun was good and the lettuce tomato and onion fresh. Again the garlic mayonnaise really made the sandwich.

We shared a Jedi Mind Trick milk shake, which was excellent-a blend of rum, amaretto, kahlua, baileys, and ice cream.

There were no draft beers available as their tap was broken but the bottles were good and inexpensive.

5. LoLA at Park Circle

4830 Ohear Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405-4926 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Cajun & Creole, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 9 - SGD 28 +1 843-990-9416
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

LoLA at Park Circle

Authentic New Orleans Cuisine, with a Low Country Attitude. We are LoLA, Low Country Louisiana Seafood Kitchen, providing a dynamic environment for a memorable dining experience because "WE LOVE WHAT WE DO"

Reviewed By Mountaineer_Steve - Columbia, SC

First, we have to give huge Kudos to Carina who took excellent care of us the night we were there. She provided great suggestions and impeccable service.

The wife and I split 2 appetizers
Crispy‎ fried oyster, fried green tomato, and pimento cheese which was as an unusual of a dish as it was amazing.

A large (huge) of crawfish MAC and Cheese which was loaded with fired and boiled crawfish. Did I say LOADED with crawfish

The wife ordered and loved the cajun redfish over dirty rice topped with crabmeat. The season on the flaky fish was very good and paired well with the dirty rice and crabmeat.

I had scallops which were perfectly cooked over an amazing bead of creamy risotto.

We finished the by splitting a nice Burban sauce bread pudding.

This is a must try place

6. Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q

4964 Centre Pointe Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418-6927 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 26 +1 843-747-3800
Excellent
50%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 634 reviews

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q

Ribs. Pork. Chicken. Brisket. Hell, even sausage. All BBQ has the same three basic ingredients: smoke, meat and time. What makes it different is the amount, consideration and attention to each part of that recipe. That, and some really great bbq sauce, too. At Jim ‘N Nick’s, we pride ourselves on using the right ingredients, taking our time and honoring the traditions that brought us barbecue.

Reviewed By Christopher P - Maryland

First, tremendous kudos to our server (whose name I unfortunately did not get) for her assistance with our food choices and her wonderful sense of humor!

Second, everything we tried was wonderful! The BBQ burger, the pulled pork potato, the brisket nachos, the brisket taco, the mac 'n cheese—all of it was fantastic! We unfortunately were too full to have dessert, but that would be on the agenda the next time we're in town!!

7. The CODfather

4254 Spruill Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405-4930 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, British Lunch, Dinner +1 843-789-4649
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

The CODfather

Reviewed By TheHungryDetective - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

The Hungry Detective’s Tip Line has been of the hook with tips and leads for The CODfather!!! Fish and Chips are treat and even more on a Friday afternoon during lent. This place is the real deal...I have spent some time in the UK to include Manchester, Wales and Teddington located just outside London and let me say the CODfather is the real deal mate!!! They were sold out of the pie so what does that tell you...get there early so you can have a fish and pie combo!!! The fish is battered to perfection and the fish is big, chunky and sweet tasting...your gonna love it!!! I will return for the pie and bring a P.A. State Police patch for the wall.

VERDICT: Guilty of creating a pub like feel right here in Chuck Town...the fish is as good as it gets my friends!!!

8. Coosaw CrabShack

8486 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 29420-7300 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 33 +1 843-552-7171
Excellent
60%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 262 reviews

Coosaw CrabShack

All of our menu items are made with the freshest ingredients available to us, from the greens in our salads to the seafood on our plates. Some of our items are marked as market and their availability depends on Mother Nature, ocean temperature, tides, favorable winds, the Dow Jones Index, the price of tea in China and among other things, how lucky our fishermen are. So relax & enjoy the food, the spirits & the fun. And we thank you.Proud to be family owned & operated since 1991

Reviewed By DrSkippy - Indiana

Coosaw Creek Crab Shack. The Crab Shacks. (Voted by Southern Living as one of the S.C. 10 Best seafood spots!)

A little pricey. Portions were small for their crab clusters. Oysters were gulf oysters (not the higher end choices).

I would recommend the waiter bring out the oysters on half shell 1st, instead of bring oysters out at the same time as our steam buckets. North Charleston, SC. 1/16/18.

9. Bonefish Grill

5041 International Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29418-5963 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 843-747-7735
Excellent
45%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 360 reviews

Bonefish Grill

Reviewed By vintagelinensbylois - Charleston, South Carolina

After 3 visit to this restaurant I can say that the food is average at best. The fish fry is all crust and no fish. The salads are so-so. The only great thing on the menu is the ahi tuna. Skip the desserts altogether! Not sure what is so special about this place. There are much better choices

10. Fratello's Italian Tavern

1050 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405-4857 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch SGD 14 - SGD 39 +1 843-554-5021
Excellent
60%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 221 reviews

Fratello's Italian Tavern

Fratellos Italian Tavern is an American Italian restaurant located in Mount Pleasant in the I'On Community, featuring Italian comfort cuisine with a menu driven by local seasonal ingredients and a homestyle feel. The word Fratello in Italian refers to fraternity or brother. It is this bond that our proprietor Richard Tuorto and Chef Kevin Bruntz had in mind when they shared favorite family recipes to create a unique dining experience.

Reviewed By Nancy R - Russiaville, Indiana

We went here to eat supper. The atmosphere was very nice and the place was very clean and orderly. The server was very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious, we had chicken parmesan and all the food was reasonably priced. We were standing outside waiting on our ride back to the hotel and the cook came by and chatted with us for a minute, very friendly.

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